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Bible Q

Did all nations and languages result from God confusing the languages at Babel and scattering the people from there (Gen. 11:1-9)?

(This answer was originally posted here.) The record of the tower of Babel is one of the most well known but most misunderstood passages of the Bible. People remember in general terms the great tower, man’s challenge to God, and the confusion of language, but they usually remember the specific details imperfectly. It’s a short […]

What language did Jesus speak?

Jesus probably spoke three languages: Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek. Aramaic The common language of Galilee during the time of Jesus was Aramaic. It was an ancient Semitic language related to Hebrew. Although Jews had spoken Hebrew as their main language up to the time of the captivity, Aramaic became the dominant language after the captivity. […]

What are Semitic languages?

This is a group of related languages that includes Arabic and Hebrew. They are related to some very early languages dating from 2500 BC or earlier and written in Sumerian cuneiform. Later Semitic languages were written in the Ugaritic, Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac and Arabic alphabets. The word “Semitic” comes from Shem, one of Noah’s […]

In which languages was the Bible originally written?

The Bible was first written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Almost all of the Old Testament was in Hebrew, with a few sections (Ezra 4:8-6:18; 7:12-26; Daniel 2:4-7:28; and Jeremiah 10:11) written in Aramaic. The New Testament was first written in Greek.